Director of Development

St. Mark's Episcopal School
Palm Beach Gardens, FL United States

The Director of Development holds a Bachelor’s degree, with a Master’s degree and/or CFRE credential preferred and 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector and in fundraising, independent school experience preferred.
Proven success in directly soliciting and closing charitable gifts.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with all the school’s constituents while maintaining strict confidentiality.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Strategic thinker with a “can-do” style.
Passionate about working with a wide range of individuals from diverse backgrounds Outstanding knowledge of fundraising data software, database management software, current digital communications, social media, and email-based solicitations.
Demonstrated ability to build successful fundraising initiatives and appeals using current best-practices and new technologies.
• Experience working with and motivating volunteers and staff members.
• Familiarity with the local community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Working in cooperation with St. Mark’s Church, the director of development will:
Establish and execute forward-thinking development/advancement and strategic programs that optimally grow the annual, major, and capital campaigns; legacy gifts; and planned giving.
Oversee all aspects of the development program, including fundraising, leading the annual giving program, guiding any potential capital campaigns, soliciting corporate and foundation proposals; creating a strong alumni association, and special development events as determined by senior leadership.
• Develop, lead, and implement strategies to enhance annual giving and capital gifts programs, including annual development plan: appeals, timeline, messaging, and campaign publications. Coordinate, supervise, and nurture the school’s volunteerism efforts. Work closely with the Parents Association as well as grade level parents in a collaborative partnership to support their annual events and initiatives and build community.
Oversee, plan, and execute all details for the annual auction, Cornerstone Scholarship event, and community building events.
• Identify, research, and spearhead the implementation of a diverse and multifaceted fundraising program to support the school’s strategic vision, cultivate a culture of giving and gratitude across all constituencies and socio-economic strata.
Collaborate with the admissions office on PR initiatives and the marketing and communications office to create/produce fund raising-related communication materials to expand and enhance the school’s visibility and reputation.
• Identify corporate and foundation funding opportunities and help draft grant applications.
• Strengthen relationships with the school’s alumni and further develop alumni programming.
• Personally solicit major donors.
Maintain a database of all contributors and provide development reports as required.
• Develop and submit to the Head of School an annual budget for development programs and
• Supervise and nurture the development assistant.
Nurture and maintain a highly collaborative relationship with the Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, and Church Rector.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of School.
Other Duties
The nature of the position requires some evening and weekend duties, public appearances, etc.

Contact Information

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to:
Ms. Rickei Salesman, Executive Assistant to the Head of School, at For more information on St. Mark’s Episcopal School, please visit our website at